CELTIC skipper Scott Brown celebrated his 35th birthday during the week and CQN is honouring the occasion with a weekend-long tribute to the team’s influential onfield leader.

The midfield dynamo was signed by Gordon Strachan for £4.4million from Hibs in May 2007 – a record transfer fee between Scottish clubs – and has gone on to win a phenomenal TWENTY-ONE medals, 10 titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups. He also found the time to cram in 55 games for Scotland.

CQN has been sifting through our library files to pick out some highlights.

SCOTT BROWN has revealed he’s aiming to play until he’s FORTY – just like old boss Gordon Strachan.

The Celtic skipper has been unstoppable in his silverware quest and has been the champions’ onfield leader in recent seasons as the Hoops have domeinated the domestic scene, as CQN reported.

Brown named his inspiration as Strachan, who kicked off his career at Dundee before moving to Aberdeen and then onto Manchester United. The mighty atom hit 40-year milestone as he saw out his playing career at Coventry City.

The Celtic captain admitted: “As long as I can keep up with the lads, I deserve to be there. The day I struggle in training and games and I know myself and the manager knows it and 60,000 people know it, too – that’s the day I call it quits.

“I’m not going to say it will be one or two seasons – you see Gordon Strachan going on until 40 and Ryan Giggs playing late on.

“You have people like that who you look up to and you think: ‘If I work as hard as I possibly can, then can I push my body to play till 39 or 40?’.

“You never know. I have loved every minute at Celtic and would never want to leave.

“But if a time comes that I feel I can still play and the manager maybe thinks my fitness level isn’t up to playing in the Champions League or Europa League and 60 games a season – they might think I could play 20 games a season or let me move elsewhere to enjoy the last few years of my career chilling out and playing but not winning trophies.

“For me, I signed for Celtic to win trophies and I have done not too bad at that. I still have that drive.”

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